Arthritis5Arthritis is a condition that can lead to the eventual disability of movement in your joints. However, diet plays an important role in minimizing the progression of arthritis symptoms. When choosing foods, opt for meals that have omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Avoid foods that are high in processed sugars and trans fats.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment,consult with Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

Arthritic Foot Care

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

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Monday, 23 May 2016 11:20

Understanding Ingrown Toenails

foot care6Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows out into surrounding skin, leading to pain and swelling. Ingrown toenails can affect anyone, and are caused by incorrectly cutting your nails, toenails growing out irregularly, ill-fitting footwear, improper foot hygiene, or the thickening of your nails. Avoid cutting your toenails in a curved shape by cutting straight across, invest in proper footwear that has enough room for the toes to wiggle, clean your feet often, and inspect your feet to understand why your toenails have thickened.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, consult with Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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Monday, 16 May 2016 12:16

Removing Your Corns and Calluses

athletes foot9Corns and calluses are defined as “thickened areas of skin [which] form as a result of friction or pressure on the skin,” according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Corns and calluses develop to protect the skin, and often develop on the feet and toes. Treating your corns and calluses involves soaking them in warm water so they soften, then using a pumice stone to file them in a moderate manner, applying moisturizer that preferably has salicylic acid, urea, or ammonium lactate, and then using pads to cover and protect your filed corns and calluses.

If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles consult with Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Williamsport, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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swimming3Although sweating is a natural process of our bodies, excessive sweating, called hyperhidrosis, is a health condition that can be detrimental to our everyday lives. Hyperhidrosis can affect parts of the body such as the hands and feet. Sweating occurs to help hydrate the skin and to “maintain the body’s balance of fluids,” removing salts and electrolytes. Sweating can often be triggered by exercise but it can also be triggered by nervousness. Excessive sweating can happen to anyone, at any time, anywhere. The best solution for treating hyperhidrosis is to consult your doctor.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis consult with Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Williamsport, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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slower walkingFor Mackie Shilstone, running at an older age means taking into account several factors that affect ability and performance. Shilstone discovered a study conducted by East Carolina University, the U.S. Army Institute for Environmental Medicine, and the Wake Forest University in 2015, which found that “as age increased, stride length and running velocity decreased.” This could be due to the fact that the ankle muscles and joints in older runners are not able to “withstand the impact stresses of running, especially in individuals running more frequently.” Training your ankles is important in ensuring that your feet are able to function properly as you age.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles consult with Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

The Elderly and their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions

Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.

Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.

Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:

Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe

Shoes that don’t fit properly

Pressure sores

Loss of circulation in legs & feet

Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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high heel14Many different issues can result from wearing high heels for too long. These issues include the forming of bunions, which are growths caused by improper alignment of the toe joints. Hammertoes can also be caused by high heels, which are characterized as bent toes that are caused by friction. Constant pressure and friction on your toes can lead to other conditions such as tailor’s bunions, or small bunions formed near your pinkie toe, pump bumps or pain in the heels, and metatarsalgia or the inflammation of the balls of your feet.

High heels have a history for causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet consult with Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because their style and societal appeal. Despite this, they can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain. Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising. If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available.

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broken toe3If you have toenail fungus and find that pharmacy medications are just too costly, good news, there is one inexpensive option to consider. According to a study conducted in 2009, the thyme extract in the Vicks VapoRub product helped treat and cure toenail fungus. Thymol, the ingredient “which is naturally found in the herb thyme,” had antifungal properties which helped fight against toenail fungus. If you’d like to try Vicks VapoRub or thyme essential oil on your toenail fungus, make sure to trim, wash, and dry your toenail first before application.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, doing so is not impossible. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body. Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free.

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

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corns2The Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Podiatric Medical Association have collaborated together to “develop a clinical practice guideline for the care of feet in people with diabetes.” The guidelines focus on the prevention of diabetic foot ulcers, off-loading, osteomyelitis, and peripheral arterial disease. The guidelines suggest centering prevention around diabetic foot ulcers, with patients visiting their podiatrists or doctors often, especially if they have peripheral neuropathy, the loss of sensation. It’s important for patients and their families to be educated and to maintain and control diabetic feet problems.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet consult with Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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broken foot4According to The Official Journal of the International Purine Club University of Liverpool, a specific gene in your genetic makeup may influence the risk of getting stress fractures. Stress fractures occur when there is repeated pressure to bones, resulting in microscopic breaks or fractures in the bone. Lead researcher Jim Gallagher found that athletes and military recruits who had the P2X7R gene were more likely to sustain stress fracture injuries.

Activities, where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. If you have any concerns consult with Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners                                  

-people affected with Osteoporosis

-play tennis or basketball

-gymnastics

-high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

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broken ankle4Jairo Riedewald, defender for Ajax, is out for the season due to a broken ankle. The 19 year old was forced out of the game before the first half was over. He sustained the injury when “miskicking the ball.” Despite the win, Riedewald is expected to be out for three to four months since the injury was so severe he will have to undergo surgery. He will be missing the rest of the season.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, consult with Dr. Steven Hartung from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

Broken Ankles

A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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